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Theresa Andersson

Hummingbird, Go!

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This isn’t a punt, I swear. But when it comes to reviewing this infectious indie-pop darling, all I want to do is refer readers to her MySpace page and, in particular, the embedded YouTube videos. There you’ll find Theresa Andersson in jeans and T-shirt, barefoot, standing in her New Orleans kitchen. She’s got a guitar slung over her shoulder, a violin hanging from a duel mic stand, a turntable at her back right, a row of percussion instruments to her back left, and a semi-circle of loop pedals at her feet. In a matter of minutes, Andersson incorporates all of the above into a gorgeous, peppy track that highlights—oddly enough, considering all her DIY accompaniment—a thick, jazz-infused voice.

Sure, the looping trick ain’t new. But Andersson makes it look effortless and endlessly inventive. Even better, it’s more than a gimmick—Hummingbird, Go!, which was mostly recorded in that very same kitchen, is a consistently robust effort. The opening “Na Na Na” sounds like a more joyous Kate Bush and “Birds Fly Away” is good enough to be the next iTunes commercial soundtrack—and I think I mean that in a good way.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the video for yourself.

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